Italy's Matteo Trentin celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Muggio' to Pinerolo, Thursday, May 26, 2016. (Luca Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

Matteo Trentin used a late counterattack and some crafty teamwork to win the longest stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday, while Steven Kruijswijk held on to a comfortable overall lead with only two challenging legs to go. Cannondale's Moreno Moser and Trentin's Etixx Quick-Step teammate Gianluca Brambilla were in the lead approaching the finish line when Trentin bridged the gap from a chasing group. Brambilla was told by radio that Trentin was coming while Moser wasn't aware, allowing Trentin to burst past and claim his third victory in a Grand Tour.


Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:00 pm
May 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Team Classification Giro d'Italia after Stage 18 on Thursday 1. Astana (Kazakhstan) 221:53:12" 2. Cannondale (United States) +12:42" 3. Movistar (Spain) +16:59" 4. AG2R (France) +20:19" 5. Team Sky (Britain) +38:59" 6. Etixx - Quick-Step (Belgium) +48:15" 7. Tinkoff (Russia) +50:40" 8. Katusha (Russia) +1:21:50" 9. Dimension Data (South Africa) +2:05:01" 10. LottoNL (Netherlands) +2:07:36"
Posted: May 26, 2016, 4:15 pm

Omega Pharma-Quick Step team rider Matteo Trentin of Italy celebrates on the podium after winning the 234.5 km seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race from Epernay to Nancy July 11, 2014.                  REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

(Reuters) - Home rider Matteo Trentin pipped Moreno Moser on the line to triumph on the 18th stage of the Giro D'Italia on Thursday while the winner's Etixx-QuickStep team mate Gianluca Brambilla took third place on the race's longest leg. Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto NL-Jumbo) finished in the main pack to hold on to the overall leader's pink jersey, and his three-minute advantage over Colombia's Esteban Chaves with three days to go. The day belonged to Etixx-QuickStep's two Italians as they outfoxed compatriot Moser at the end of the 240km stage that began in Muggio.


Posted: May 26, 2016, 4:11 pm
May 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Points Classification Giro d'Italia after Stage 18 on Thursday 1. Giacomo Nizzolo (Italy / Trek) 185 2. Matteo Trentin (Italy / Etixx - Quick-Step) 141 3. Diego Ulissi (Italy / Lampre) 137 4. Daniel Oss (Italy / BMC Racing) 127 5. Sacha Modolo (Italy / Lampre) 126 6. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) 83 7. Maarten Tjallingii (Netherlands / LottoNL) 83 8. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands / LottoNL) 76 9. Alexander Porsev (Russia / Katusha) 62 10. Bob Jungels (Luxembourg / Etixx - Quick-Step) 61
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:53 pm
May 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Mountain Classification Giro d'Italia after Stage 18 on Thursday 1. Damiano Cunego (Italy / Nippo) 134 2. Stefan Denifl (Austria / IAM Cycling) 72 3. Darwin Atapuma (Colombia / BMC Racing) 69 4. Giovanni Visconti (Italy / Movistar) 61 5. David Lopez (Spain / Team Sky) 54 6. Mikel Nieve (Spain / Team Sky) 50 7. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands / LottoNL) 42 8. Alexander Foliforov (Russia / Gazprom) 41 9. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus / Dimension Data) 36 10. Gianluca Brambilla (Italy / Etixx - Quick-Step) 31
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:52 pm
May 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Classification from Giro d'Italia after Stage 18 on Thursday 1. Steven Kruijswijk (Netherlands / LottoNL) 73:50:37" 2. Esteban Chaves (Colombia / Orica) +3:00" 3. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +3:23" 4. Vincenzo Nibali (Italy / Astana) +4:43" 5. Ilnur Zakarin (Russia / Katusha) +4:50" 6. Rafal Majka (Poland / Tinkoff) +5:34" 7. Bob Jungels (Luxembourg / Etixx - Quick-Step) +7:57" 8. Andrey Amador (Costa Rica / Movistar) +8:53" 9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Italy / AG2R) +10:05" 10. Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus / Dimension Data) +11:15" 11. ...
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:42 pm
May 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from Giro d'Italia (Muggio - Pinerolo, 240 km) on Thursday 1. Matteo Trentin (Italy / Etixx - Quick-Step) 5:25:34" 2. Moreno Moser (Italy / Cannondale) ST 3. Gianluca Brambilla (Italy / Etixx - Quick-Step) 4. Sacha Modolo (Italy / Lampre) +20" 5. Nikias Arndt (Germany / Giant) +30" 6. Ivan Rovnyi (Russia / Tinkoff) +34" 7. Matteo Busato (Italy / Wilier Triestina) +1:10" 8. Christian Knees (Germany / Team Sky) +1:16" 9. Axel Domont (France / AG2R) +1:24" 10. Davide Malacarne (Italy / Astana) +4:28" 11. Daniel Oss (Italy / BMC Racing) 12. ...
Posted: May 26, 2016, 3:42 pm

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2015, file aerial photo, construction continues at the Rio Olympics velodrome in Rio de Janeiro. The president of cyclings world governing body remains very, very concerned that the velodrome under construction for the Rio Olympics will not be completed by the opening in August. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The president of cycling's world governing body remains ''very, very concerned'' that the velodrome under construction for the Rio Olympics will not be completed in time for a proper test event. In an interview with The Associated Press, Brian Cookson said that most of the cycling venues are ready, including the BMX and mountain bike courses. ''I'm very unhappy about that,'' Cookson said.


Posted: May 25, 2016, 10:31 pm
(Reuters) - IAM Cycling's Roger Kluge snatched victory in the Giro D'Italia 17th stage on Wednesday, giving the Swiss team its first Grand Tour stage win in the week it announced it would close down at the end of the season. German Kluge, 30, powered past Pippo Pozzato in a last-ditch attack and held off the peloton in an all-out sprint in the final km to finish ahead of Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo on the 196km stage from Molveno to­ Cassano d'Adda. Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo), one of the favourites to win the largely sprint-friendly stage, edged Germany's Nikas Arndt (Giant-Alpecin) into third place.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 6:39 pm
(Corrects name from Klose to Kluge in final para) May 25 (Reuters) - IAM Cycling's Roger Kluge snatched victory in the Giro D'Italia 17th stage on Wednesday, giving the Swiss team its first Grand Tour stage win in the week it announced it would close down at the end of the season. German Kluge, 30, powered past Pippo Pozzato in a last-ditch attack and held off the peloton in an all-out sprint in the final km to finish ahead of Italy's Giacomo Nizzolo on the 196km stage from Molveno to Cassano d'Adda. Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto NL-Jumbo) finished in the main pack and kept hold of the pink jersey while maintaining a three-minute advantage over his nearest challenger, Colombia's Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEDGE), with four days left.
Posted: May 25, 2016, 6:36 pm

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